As Artists Without Walls celebrates its fourth anniversary this month, we’ve asked some members to share a few thoughts about their experience with the group. Here’s what actor Jack O’Connell wrote:
“An Artists Without Walls Showcase: What a great place to keep one’s instrument tuned. Singers, musicians, storytellers, dancers and actors find a safe and warm haven here. As an actor, I have tried new, and for me, unusual presentations at AWoW’s Showcases, a number of which I’ve always wanted to try but would only try in my room, some out in the garage. The reason? No Q and A; No “feedback.” I’m at the point in life where I can live without “feedback.” That would also cut into the evening’s schedule of events.
An eclectic evening is always in order in the beautiful, well kept, Cell Theatre. There have been so many great presentations that I’m loathe to mention just one, but I will: David Sharp’s piece on Tennessee Williams. Original, well prepared, respectful of the allotted time limit, and funny as hell.
In these days of sophisticated communication it’s refreshing to witness this sort of communion among flesh and blood folks. Bottom line, I’m very happy to be part of Artists Without Walls.”
Veteran stage, film and television actor Jack O’Connell, an AWoW charter member and frequent performer, has appeared in many popular TV programs including The Sopranos, Law and Order, Blue Bloods, and Boardwalk Empire, and films such as “Doubt” with Meryl Streep, “Men In Black” and most recently in the Coen brothers, “Inside Llewyn Davis.”